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Gifts for Cooks 2014

Gifts for Cooks 2014

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Gift these fun finds to friends and family, or add them to your own wish list!

OXO Baker's Decorating Bottle Kit

This collection is a home cook's dream—waffle makers, cutting boards, and glassware galore. Beautiful yet practical, these gifts are sure to become well-loved items in any kitchen.

First up is the OXO 4-Piece Baker's Silicone Decorating Bottle Kit. Gift it to a baking bud—with three interchangeable stainless steel tips, they'll be able to easily adorn cookies and cakes.


Rewined Candles

Get creative with the gift of vino. Rewined candles use recycled wine bottles to house wine-inspired scents.


Fishs Eddy Party Decanter

Give the gift of versatility with Fishs Eddy Party decanter, which can hold OJ in the mornings and cocktails come afternoon.


Le Creuset Egg Cup

Lend a touch of charm to a friend's breakfast table with Le Creuset egg cups, available in eight bright colors.


Keurig MINI Plus Brewing System

Coffee lovers will swoon for Keurig's K10 MINI Plus Brewing System, which comes in 13 colors to suit any decor.


Breville Smart Waffle

We were delighted with the four perfect waffle slices created by Breville's Smart Waffle: crispy outside, fluffy and tender inside. Gift it to your brunch-loving friends (and then head over to their place for breakfast!).


Illume Boho Candles

Need a gift for a new homeowner? Illume's Boho line of candles features glass jars with bright colors and geometric patterns. Fragrances such as pineapple and cilantro and driftwood sage fill any room with beautiful scents.

$33.50/large Boho jar,

Lifefactory Silicone-Encased Wineglasses

These small wineglasses in silicone sleeves are durable yet elegant. Pair with a bottle of wine as a present for the consummate hostess.

$20 for two,

Woodbob Bamboo Cutting Boards

Show your local pride with handcrafted bamboo cutting boards available in the shape of every state. This essential kitchen tool offers a little piece of home no matter where you live.

From $35,

Walnut Boxcar Succulent Planter Set

Give a dorm room or apartment a lively update with this Walnut Boxcar Succulent Planter Set. The three separate pieces with robin's egg blue accents add a touch of color to your table or kitchen.


Fiesta Beverage Server

This beverage server—great for fruit-infused water or lemonade—will get the party started. The glass container hold more than two gallons of liquid and makes a great gift for someone who enjoys outdoor entertaining.


Belle & Union Greeting Cards

Southern designer Meg Sutton fuses clever quotes with darling doodles in her greeting cards. When framed, they double as pieces of art, making them a fun, lighthearted gift.

$5 each,

Bicycle Rocks Glasses

Colorado's Vital Industries designs bicycle-theme barware available in 14 colors. These old-fashioneds make a cute addition to a friend's bar cart or glassware collection.

From $12,

ByAMT Leather Strap Tote Bag

With leather straps and copper-plated rivets, byAMT's tote is a luxurious yet practical choice for tasks such as hauling groceries. The washable canvas lining lifts out for easy cleaning.


Broadway Panhandler Farm Animal Plates

This whimsical dishware gives new meaning to the term farm-to-table. With a silhouette of a cow, pig, rooster, or goat, Broadway Panhandler's Farm Animal Plates will lend a casual country feel to any gathering.

$50/set of 4,

Vermont Farm Table Shaker Cutting Boards

Made of cherry, walnut, maple, or tiger maple, these elegant cutting boards feature hand-cut joinery and traditional styling—a beautiful gift for an avid home cook.

From $38,

Ball Canning Jars

Ball's Heritage Collection features vintage-inspired, custom embossed green pint and quart canning jars perfect for preserving cranberry sauce or apple butter. They make cute glassware, too.

From $13/set of 6,

Takeya's Iced Tea Maker

If you're an ice tea fanatic, put this item on your wish list. Takeya's 1 Quart Iced Tea Maker includes a fine mesh infusing chamber that lets you add fruit or loose leaf tea.


OXO Complete Grate & Slice Set

Give two gifts in one with OXO's smartly-designed set, which includes coarse and medium graters, julienne and straight slicers, as well as a lid that measures as you grate.


Renee's Garden Seeds

Gardening gurus and novices alike will appreciate a hand-selected assortment of vegetable, flower, and herb seeds.

From $2.79,

Villeroy & Boch's Anmut Universal Dessert Plate

For any friend who has an eye for tablescapes, Villeroy & Boch's bright floral appetizer/dessert plate is a guaranteed hit.


Dreamfarm Smood Masher

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Dreamfarm's Smood boasts an innovative design with collapsable stainless steel spring coils that produces velvety smooth mashed potatoes in seconds—great for the busy home cook.


Bella Bocca Pitcher

Handcrafted by the artisans at Blenko Glass Company in West Virginia, this pitcher is so gorgeous you'll want to keep it for yourself.


Alessi Cheese Grater

Alessi's colorful grater is a necessary gift for any cheese lover. A handy spouted cellar keeps things neat and tidy.


West Elm Stacking Mug Set

Help a friend curb cupboard chaos with West Elm's Universal Expert Stacking Mugs, which fit neatly in tight spaces.

$36/set of 4,

Menu Kettle Teapot

Menu's glass teapot holds 50 ounces—ideal for your friends who enjoy entertaining.


Bauer Pottery Batter Bowl

Los Angeles-based Bauer Pottery gives an angular update to a classic kitchen tool with their Monterey Moderne Batter Bowl. With 15 color options, there's one for every home cook on your list.


Fifty United Plates

Help friends and family serve with state pride. Each state dish is made by husband and wife team Kaitlyn and Ryan Lawless in their Washington state studio.


All-Clad B1 Nonstick 10-Piece Cookware Set

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For a friend in need of a complete cookware makeover, this new collection from All-Clad is the ultimate upgrade. All pieces (fry pans, saucepans, a sauté pan, and a stockpot) feature a nonstick interior and anodized aluminum exterior.


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